Bears Drop Two To State Rival URI In Home Opener

April 7, 2004

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Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to state rival University of Rhode Island in its home opener on Wednesday. In game one, a three-run fifth and five-run seventh pushed the Rams to a 9-4 victory. Rhode Island came out swinging in the nightcap and took a sizeable 9-0 advantage after two innings but the Bears came roaring back, chipping away at the Rams lead. With two on and one out, Brown had the tying run on base in the seventh and final inning but was unable to bring home the runs as it fell 9-7.

Brown, now 4-13 on the season, got on the scoreboard in a hurry in game one as sophomore Paul Christian continues to smash the ball, hitting his fifth homerun in as many games to lead-off the opening frame. The Rams knotted the score 1-1 in the next inning and took the lead for good in the fifth with a three-run homer. They went on to expand their lead in the seventh, scoring five runs, including a grand slam. The Bears scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run shot by freshman Devin Thomas.

Christian went 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI while Thomas went 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Sophomore Danny Hughes and junior James Lowe both went 1-2 at the plate with Hughes driving in Brown's other run. On the mound, freshman Clint Dykehouse was charged with the loss, pitching three innings of relief.

In game two, URI seemed to have it in the bag in the early going, taking a 9-0 lead by the second inning, but Brown steadily whittled down the lead, coming to within two in the final frame. The Bears got three runs in the third on four hits. An RBI single by senior Bobby Deeb got things started. Thomas followed with a base hit through the left side, bringing in another run. A passed ball allowed Brown's third run of the inning to cross the plate, cutting the lead to six.

As senior Jason Priede continued his outstanding work on the mound, the Bears sliced into the Rams lead some more in the fifth with a two-run blast by Lowe, his first of the season. Priede held Rhode Island scoreless in his five innings of relief, allowing just three hits.

Down by three, 9-6, in its final crack at it, Brown wasted no time with a lead-off double by Deeb. Lowe, who went a perfect 4-4 in the game, drove in Deeb with a single up the middle to bring the Bears to within two. The tying run got on base with one out as Hughes earned a walk after being down in the count 0-2. Rhode Island recorded the second out on a fielder's choice that advanced Lowe to third and junior Jeff Nichols to first. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Nichols tried to get into scoring position but was gunned down, ending the game.

Lowe broke out of a slump with his perfect performance at the plate. He also drove in four runs and scored two. Deeb is now seven hits away from breaking the all-time record at Brown as he went 2-3 in the night cap with a run batted in and two runs scored. Overall, Brown had ten hits in the game.

The Bears will return back to Ivy action on Friday as they host a doubleheader with Cornell beginning at noon.